Microsoft already embraces the cloud in several of their applications and services like Office 365, OneDrive, and even with its Xbox gaming platform. Now it seems that the company is ready to take the entire Windows operating system to the cloud as they have formally announced Windows 365.
Note that this isn’t a new version of Windows. Instead, it is a service that will put Windows 10 (and eventually Windows 11) into the cloud. This means that you will be able to stream Windows wherever you are and on whatever device you are using. Right now Microsoft has positioned the service as being aimed more towards enterprise users.
In the current climate where people are still working from home, a service like Windows 365 will allow companies to grant access to remote workers without having to give them dedicated hardware or setup VPNs and so on. Since all the data can sync up, you can work from home on a virtual office PC, and then when you hop onto another device, all your settings, apps, and files are there as well.
This could also help solve another “problem”, which is right now Windows isn’t available for Apple’s M1 Mac computers, so having a streamable version of Windows could solve that. Like we said, right now Windows 365 is catered towards enterprise users but we wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft eventually opened it up to consumers as well.